EMSI’s latest quarterly release, 2015.3, is now available to Analyst clients. The most significant changes in this release are updated versions of certain data sources as well as a few methodology changes.
Updated Data Sources in This Release
- Current Employment Statistics (State/Metro Release), July 2015 (BLS). This dataset helps us form an estimate of 2015 annual job averages ahead of final, detailed figures from QCEW.
- Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, Q4 2014 (BLS). This is the most complete source for wage-and-salary industry employment data.
- American Community Survey, Public Use Microdata, 2013 (Census). This dataset informs self-employment and extended proprietors data, and certain staffing patterns for QCEW and Non-QCEW Employees classes of worker.
- Nonemployer Statistics, 2013 (Census). This dataset is important for developing detailed, county estimates of self-employment and proprietors.
- County Business Patterns, 2013 (Census). This dataset helps provide better estimates in our processing of both QCEW and Nonemployer statistics.
- Zip Code Business Patterns, 2013 (Census). This dataset is crucial for developing industry data at the Zip code level.
- Industry Accounts, Make and Use Tables, 2012-2013 (Bureau of Economic Analysis). This dataset informs our SAM/Input-Output model.
- Population Estimates, 2014 (Census). We use this dataset to create our county- and ZIP-level population estimates and 10-year projections by age, sex, and race.
Primary Data Source Information
The following table summarizes our major data sources used for each EMSI release.
There were a few methodology improvements and fixes in this release.
- We reprocessed American Community Survey data (ACS) with better crosswalks to reconstruct the historical series in the latest ACS industry and occupation categories. This resulted in some employment shifts among some industries/occupations compared to previous releases, especially for industries affected by the NAICS 2007-2012 transition.
- We corrected an issue in how ACS occupations are split into more detailed standard SOC occupations. This results in employment shifts among certain detailed SOCs compared to previous releases, mainly for classes of worker 3 (self-employed) and 4 (extended proprietors). Classes 1 and 2 (employees) were affected to a much lesser degree.
- We corrected an issue in our population demographics that affected population estimates for the 15-19, 20-24, and 24-29 year old cohorts from 2015 onward.